Hydration and health

Adam D. Seal, Hyun Gyu Suh, Lisa T. Jansen, Lynn Dee G. Summers, Stavros A. Kavouras

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

10 Scopus citations


Water is an often-forgotten and understudied nutrient although it composes 55%-80% of the human body and is involved in nearly all physiological processes. However, the literature has begun to shift from investigating hydration and athletic performance to how the process of fluid homeostasis is implicated in health and well-being. Hormonal and mechanical responses to underhydration may potentially be associated with several physiological systems including glucose regulation, kidney health, obesity, cardiovascular health, oxidative stress, cognition, and bladder cancer. Health outcomes related to these issues may occur when thirst is not even stimulated and therefore remains unnoticed by mildly underhydrated populations. Considering the potential health implications of maintaining fluid homeostasis, it is important to elucidate the mechanisms of these particular health-related outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnalysis in Nutrition Research
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples of Statistical Methodology and Interpretation of the Results
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780128145579
ISBN (Print)9780128145562
StatePublished - Oct 30 2018


  • Bladder cancer
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Cognition
  • Dehydration
  • Diabetes
  • Fluid balance
  • Kidney health
  • Obesity
  • Oxidative stress
  • Underhydration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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